Make a hanging tool tidy
by Rhiannon James
Storing your gardening tools away in the shed is all very well if you have one. But if you’re gardening on a terrace, balcony or other small plot, chances are that your kit is stuffed into corners of the living room or other inconvenient places. There is a solution though – make this nifty tool tidy! It hangs on the wall to save on space and you can go as calm or as crazy as you like with the colours.
Things you’ll need
1. A sewing machine
3. Good, thick polyester thread (thick thread often comes on 30-metre spools and one of these should be enough)
4. A piece of 1.5-2mm thick wool or synthetic felt. If the felt is 150cm-180cm wide, you’ll need to buy a 60cm length. If it’s 90cm wide, then you’ll need to buy a 1m length. This will be enough to make both pouches shown above.
5. The pattern – supplied at the bottom of the page for both 90cm and 150cm fabric widths
6. A ruler
7. Chalk with a fine enough edge to draw a line or a pencil
8. A packet of Prym (or similar) eyelets (we used black 5mm ones but 8mm ones would also be fine)
9. A sturdy, 1.1m-long tree branch. If you can’t find a suitable branch, try using a large bamboo cane or an old broom handle.
10. A compass, small bowl or large glass for drawing the curves
11. A drill
12. Three screws
Step by step
1. Mark the pattern on to your fabric using a pencil or chalk and cut out the shapes.
2. Start by making the straps which the branch will hang from (there are three of these, ours are in orange). Fold each piece in half to make a loop and pin in place. Then, use pins to mark out a square of approximately 4.5cm x 4.5cm where the two ends meet and sew all four sides.
3. Next, mark the centre of the squares and make a small hole – we pushed a pen through the hole into blue tack. Then you will be able to attach the eyelets, following the instructions on the packet. (Most haberdashers sell eyelets made by a company called Prym).
4. Then, take the two pieces that will form the backs of the pouches and make the loops from which they will hang. Fold each tab back to form a loop and pin in place (there should be a 5cm overlap at the back). Then, as with the straps, mark out a 4.5cm square with pins, and sew to fix in place. Do this with each tab. (We used contrasting orange thread on the grey felt).
5. To make the smaller pouch, pin the pocket on to the front, and, using pins, mark the pocket dividers. We measured 8cm in from each edge to make three pockets, but you can alter this to fit the items you want to store. Sew around the edge of the pocket and then do the dividers. Sew about 2cm over the top of the pocket edge to increase strength.
6. For the larger pouch, first pin the larger pocket in place (ours is grey). At this stage, you’ll only need to sew the two dividers (out of a total of three) nearest the edges of the pocket, that run under the cream section you’re about to attach (we have one divider about 13cm from the left edge [looking at the front of the pocket] and another about 10.5cm from the right edge but again, you can alter this according to the tools you want to store). Then pin the cream pocket in place and stitch the central divider and all around the edge (of both pockets). As before, sew about 2cm over the top of the larger pocket edge to increase strength.
7. Mark and drill three holes in the wall where the tool tidy is to go. The space between the first and the second hole will need to be 39cm and the space between the second and the third, 59cm (or vice versa).
8. Screw the three hanging tabs to the wall.
9. Slide the branch through the hanging tabs and through the loops on the two pouches.
10. Arrange your tools in the pockets.
11. Stand back and admire!
Thanks go to Thread Design & Development (www.thread-design.co.uk) for their work on this project!
90 cm fabric width
For a printable PDF click here.
150 cm fabric width
For a printable PDF click here.